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Morris W. Beck Naval Covers
 

Copyright 2000-2017 Owen R Murray.  All Rights Reserved.      Revised: Monday January 02, 2017.

B407 USS DALE AUTOGRAPHED ON THE FRONT
AND A MESSAGE TO MR. BECK ON THE BACK

 

B418 USS AMERICA ADDRESSED TO THE CO OF THE SHIP WITH A RS ON THE BACK
 

B442 USS TINOSA USED A STICKER ON THE FRONT INSTEAD OF THE NORMAL PRINTED CACHET.  The design on the sticker is the same design as Beck used on the cover.  Beck did not print this sticker.
 

B450 USS JOHN ADAMS AUTOGRAPHED
 

B451 USS TECUMSEH WITH TEST CACHET
 

B472 USS JOHN C CALHOUN HAND CANCELED.  THE ONLY ONE WE HAVE OBSERVED
 

B473 USS SIMON BOLIVAR HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 
 

B476 USS JOHN WILLIS WITH RS ON FRONT AND BACK
 

B493 USS LEWIS AND CLARK WITH RS
 

B495 USS SAM RAYBURN WITH AUTOGRAPH
 

B495 USS SAM RAYBURN HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 


B514 USS GEORGE C MARSHALL HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER

 

B518 WITH RS
 

B519 WITH RS
 

B520 WITH RS
 

B536 WITH RS

 

B544 WITH RS

 

B552 USS GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 

B577 USS SIMON BOLIVAR HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 

B593 USS QUEENFISH HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER
 

B594 USS LEWIS AND CLARK HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER TYPE 1
 
 

B594 USS LEWIS AND CLARK HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER TYPE 2
 

B646 USS GEORGE C MARSHALL HAND CANCELED AND A RS CACHET ON COVER

 

B778 USS COCHRANE CANCEL.  We knew this cover existed but did not have the scan.  Thanks for Larry Johnson for sending us the scan.  Note that the cancel has A.M. and NOT AM that we listed when we put this cover on the site years ago (without a scan available).
 

B860 USS BLUE RIDGE WITH ONLY THE FANCY CANCEL.  This is the only one we have observed without the machine cancel from Philadelphia.  Nov 14 is the correct date for commissioning

 

Unlisted Beck Crew Covers Found On eBay

 


Beck 556 CREW Sold for $104.50 on eBay


Beck 558 CREW Sold for $65.00 on eBay


Beck 557 CREW Sold for $55.00 on eBay


Beck 560 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 555 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 538 CREW Sold for $104.50 on eBay


Beck 535 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 536 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 537 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay


Beck 534 CREW Sold for $43.00 on eBay


Beck 539 CREW Sold for $77.00 on eBay


Beck 579 CREW Sold for $67.00 on eBay


Beck 583 CREW Sold for $45.00 on eBay

Three Unlisted B631 Sold on eBay

For many years, we thought that the Beck B631 postmarked on USS George K Mackenzie was the only B631 that existed.  This week the three covers shown below have been added to our listing.  This is an important find for Beck collectors.


Beck B631 Sold for $148.50 on eBay


Beck B631 Sold for $57.00 on eBay


Beck Beck B631 Sold for $65.00 on eBay

 


B399


 

 

Previously Unlisted Beck Crew Covers

Charlie Hamilton sent us scans of these two previously unlisted Crew Covers.  Usually, Crew covers are typically seen on space issues but these Navy Day covers are a good example of how the US Navy coordinator made distribution of the covers (cachets) Mr. Beck sent for postmarking.  Note that these two covers are addressed to the same person.  (Postmarked on two different ships)
B400

 

 

 


See B791 CREW

 

Beck's Covers With VIP Labels

David Ball sent us scans of a great lot of Beck special covers.

All the covers have the VIP label that bring a premium on eBay because the covers are usually CREW covers or have special cancellations from the recovery force.  This lot of 6 covers sold for a big premium.



 

 


Scan courtesy of Dr. Ross Smith

Another previously unlisted Beck CREW cover.

See backstory HERE under B807

 

Only about 25 Beck cachets were printed without the
cachet number
Beck gave these covers to the ships crew for VIP usage. 
That is why it is called a CREW cover.  Also see HERE

Beck's Crew Covers


Scan courtesy of Bart Van Oppens
Beck CREW cover.  Note the ship's name printed or typed
in the cachet.  We haven't seen that addition before.
This cover is postmarked Jun 6.  All the other USS Blandy covers we have seen are dated June 3.  The GT-4 mission launched on Jun 3 and splashed down on Jun 7.

The Beck cachet for this event is B545.

 

 


Scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

Beck's Early Covers

Mr. Beck returned from US Navy Service in 1946 and
started servicing covers right away.  Here are two covers that we have added to the list of covers.  Thanks Charlie for sending the scans.

 


USS Wasp PRS for GTA-6.  This covers has the previously seen VIP label.  See more information at B584


We were very surprised to see the USS L F Mason cancel
on the B633 envelope.  The first one we have seen.  Check out B629 and B630.

Scans courtesy of David Ball

More Beck CREW Covers


See B540 HERE

 


May 26, 1964 Commission

See B430 HERE This is the No Beck Number version

Also see other 1964 covers without the B number.

 


Click HERE Under foreign covers listing

 

 

 

Beck Covers for Listing




A very nice example of Beck's launching cover for
USS Sea Poacher.
Note that the reverse does not have the small number that is usually stamped on covers of this era.  See HERE


No Beck Number version of B343


USS John Paul Jones Visits Foreign Ports.
This is one cover of many JPJ covers from France.  HERE
Port call and cachet date is rubber stamped.
Similar to printed cachet B305 of the numbered series.

Scans courtesy of Charlie Hamilton

 

 


Scan courtesy of Don Hensley.  The articles shown
at right were enclosed in the covers with the
RS cachets.

 


Previously unlisted B627 for USS Boxer. 
Scan courtesy of Woddy Witt.

 

 

More Information About W R Skelley, Jr

We have wondered for some time how it was possible for W R Skelley to obtain so many important space flight covers.  Now it has become clear that he was the coordinator for the US Navy and had access to and distributed covers to the recovery ships. Scans courtesy of Don Hensley.

CLICK HERE to see older articles...

More older articles HERE

Even more older articles HERE
 

 

 

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